Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations are some of the liveliest and most colorful we have ever experienced. This is a great time to visit and share in the spirit of the festivities as the city prepares to welcome another year.
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first moon of the Lunar Calendar, which normally falls in January or February, and is also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival.
The festivities continue
for the next fifteen days culminating in the Lantern Festival with the first full moon of the year.
That's right, this is a massive 15-day party, where lots of red and gold abound and the happy noises of drums, gongs and firecrackers
explode in every corner. Dancing lions and parading dragons make their ways on the streets, friends and family come together to share in the joy
of the New Year.
Also very much a part of any Chinese New Year celebration are the many Lion and Dragon dances which are performed throughout the city.
2016 is the Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year will be on February 8, 2016.
Chinese New Year is also a very busy time to travel, so plan ahead of time as transportation and accomodation options could be scarce.
The Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals for the Chinese, perhaps THE most important. Celebrations in Hong Kong kick off on New Year's Eve, but the preparations begin way before then. As soon as the Christmas decorations start coming down, the Chinese New Year bright displays start appearing throughout the city.
Homes, stores, restaurants and offices are all brightly decorated in red and gold, the lucky colors for happiness and wealth and beautiful sprays of flowers and auspicious mandarin trees adorn every corner imaginable.
For most Chinese, the New Year is a time for family reunions, and all take pride in their preparations to share in the joy with their loved ones. But the celebrations are everywhere and for everyone to take part in.
A couple of weeks before the new year, the flower markets really come to life as everyone prepares their blooms and lucky trees for decoration and presents.
Rich in tradition, during this period the local temples will burst with activity as locals will visit to pay respect to their ancestors and pray for good fortune in the coming year.
They will bring offerings of food and incense and the temples and shrines are brightly decorated.
Here are some of the most popular temples in Hong Kong.
Wishing Trees are also a popular tradition during the Chinese New Year. You write your wish on a paper, tie a string with an orange
and toss it
over the tree, it should succesfully catch on one of the brances and remain hanging for your wish to come true.
Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong!
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